Marcus Loew (May 7, 1870 – September 5, 1927) was a Jewish-American businessman and one of the pioneers of the American film industry. He was the co-founder of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), a major film studio.
Marcus Loew was born in New York to a Jewish family that had immigrated from Poland a year earlier.
He began his career in the American film industry by purchasing movie theaters in the early 20th century. He collaborated with Adolph Zukor, who later founded Paramount Pictures, and Joseph and Nicholas Schenck.
In 1904, Loew established a company that operated a network of movie theaters, and in 1919, he reorganized it under the name "Loew's."
In 1920, in a bid to gain control over the entire film production and distribution chain, Loew acquired three Hollywood studios: the Metro studio, the studios of Louis B. Mayer, and Samuel Goldwyn's studios. He founded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), which operated in Los Angeles.
Loew passed away in 1927 due to a heart attack, without living to witness the immense success of the company he co-founded.
In his memory, a star was dedicated to him on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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